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Launch Event and Public Lecture: New American Civil War Collection at Swansea University

Event Date: Friday 26 November 2010

Launch of the Allan Milne American Civil War Collection with a public lecture on “The Global Lincoln: The Civil War President and His International Legacy,” presented by Professor Richard J. Carwardine, President Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

** If you missed this lecture, it is now available to view on YouTube.  Click here to view. **

Swansea University Staff and Postgraduate students are thereafter invited to a wine reception in the Library from where they will have a chance to view the collection.

The collection was recently gifted to the American Studies programme at Swansea University and is, we believe, one of the largest private collections of Civil War materials in the United Kingdom. 

The donor is Mr. Allan Milne from Cardiff who has built the collection up over thirty years. It consists of over 2,000 items and is particularly strong on Civil War battles and campaigns; individual generals and other officers; fighting units and regimental histories; soldier letters, diaries, reminiscences and autobiographies; strategy, tactics, weaponry and leadership; military manuals, and organizational and support provision – especially medical and surgical services.

More broadly, the collection also boasts a comprehensive array of materials relating to Civil War naval and maritime studies; many items are concerned with both the Union and Confederate home fronts; local and state studies; the role of women and slavery during the Civil War era; the mid-nineteenth century American political scene, foreign diplomacy, newspaper and other reportage commentaries; and a large number of encyclopaedic reference works. It includes too the Presidential papers of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant as well as those of Jefferson Davis. 

Swansea University Library has been cataloguing the books over the summer and has now concluded that task. The collection will be available on a reference basis for research and scholarship from within a dedicated room in LIS.

Professor Carwardine read Modern History at Corpus Christi from 1965-1968 and was the Ochs-Oakes Senior Scholar in American History at Queen’s College from 1968-1971 where he completed his doctorate on nineteenth century British and American religious revivalism. He was thereafter appointed to a Lectureship in American History at the University of Sheffield, becoming Professor of American History in the mid-1990s. He has also taken visiting positions at Syracuse University and as Fulbright/American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2002 he was elected Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. His research is focused on American politics and religion in the nineteenth century. His publications include Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America, 1790-1865 (1978) and Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (1993). His biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Lincoln Prize in 2004 and was later published in the United States as Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (2006). In 2009 he was appointed an adviser to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and convened an international conference in Oxford to examine Lincoln’s global legacy, the proceedings of which will be published by Oxford University Press. His current project is a study of religion in American national construction between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Sponsored by The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire.

Friday 26 November 2010
James Callaghan Lecture Theatre
Singleton Campus, Swansea University.

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Launch Event: The Allan Milne American Civil War Collection and Public Lecture


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